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Animal Logic, the animation and visual effects studio behind films such as The LEGO Movie, The Matrix, and The Great Gatsby, is benefiting from high-performance computing, all from our quickly deployed, prefabricated data center.

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The Challenge

• Animal Logic faced the challenge of success: Increasing IT demands forced a strategic shift in the studio's data center model.
• Considering the high data usage of digital animation for film, the studio was in need of a solution that mitigated latency issues.
• Within four and a half months, the company needed a scalable, high-density build that would meet its current and future compute demands.

The Solution

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Edge Control: Data center infrastructure management software
Connected Products: Custom prefabricated modular data center, integrated power, cooling, and monitoring

• A prefabricated, modular data center was deployed within the urgent time frame, and built to Animal Logic's specifications.
• Integrated power, cooling, and monitoring were all optimized for high-performance computing and business needs.
• A full turnkey solution (from software to physical space) was provided with service support throughout planning, designing, and building.
• Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software was deployed to provide complete visibility across the facility, improving planning and operational performance.
• EcoStruxure Asset Advisor, a cloud-based monitoring service offers Animal Logic maximum protection of critical equipment. It features 24/7 remote monitoring, troubleshooting, and data-driven insights that provide visibility and live metrics — right to employees' smartphones.

The Results

• Animal Logic experienced a massive boost in animation productivity, the direct result of deploying a render farm with an average operation speed of 1.25 petaflops for most common workloads, all within a 30 kW per rack power density.
• The on-premise system is more reliable than the prior one, removing creative "bottlenecks" and reducing latency.
• With our services supporting the present and future of Animal Logic's data center, the studio is operating in peak condition... and continuing to light up the big screen.

Customized and realized

“We selected Schneider’s prefabricated system based on their reputation. The nature of our business called for a predictable infrastructure: an extremely high-capacity, highly dense solution.”
Alex Timbs, Head of IT, Animal Logic
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